The asparagus campaign has been one of the most affected by the exceptional situation that Spain is going through. The impact has been significant in the regions that produce this vegetable in the province of Granada, where activity has fallen by 75%. For this reason, the City Council of the municipality of Fuente Vaqueros has asked the Andalusian Government, the Government of Spain and the European Commission for the adoption of "urgent measures" to help producers in the province deal with the coronavirus crisis, which has made a tough situation even more difficult.
The mayor of the municipality, José Manuel Molino, said in a statement that "the vast majority" of the residents of Fuente Vaqueros make a living from agriculture, especially from asparagus cultivation. "The growers were already affected by the lack of fair prices, and to this we now have to add the health crisis that we are experiencing due to COVID-19, which will lead to many going bankrupt."
Molino warned that this fall in activity in the asparagus campaign not only affects producers, but the entire business network of Fuente Vaqueros, which is also sustained either directly or indirectly by this crop.
Therefore, "it is necessary for the regional, national and European administrations to take action on the matter and help our producers by regulating prices to make up for their loss of income and providing new aid to the sector to alleviate the lack of liquidity of agricultural companies."